The Resource U.S. Prosecutors Have Too Much Power : A Debate, Intelligence2., (electronic resource)

U.S. Prosecutors Have Too Much Power : A Debate, Intelligence2., (electronic resource)

Label
U.S. Prosecutors Have Too Much Power : A Debate
Title
U.S. Prosecutors Have Too Much Power
Title remainder
A Debate
Statement of responsibility
Intelligence2.
Contributor
Film distributor
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • eng
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
Is the criminal justice system in the United States fair? Does it serve the ends of justice and public safety, and does it treat all people equally? Prosecutors, endowed with both autonomy and immunity, hold immense power within the criminal justice system. They control secret grand jury proceedings, choose who gets prosecuted, and determine the specific charges against people who are arrested. Moreover, these charges are often based on complex laws that carry long, mandatory minimum prison sentences, which create strong incentives for defendants to plead guilty to lesser crimes-perhaps even to some they did not commit. Indeed, more than 90 percent of both federal and state court cases never go trial but are instead resolved through plea bargaining. The combination of autonomy and secrecy, complicated criminal codes, and mandatory minimum sentences gives prosecutors enormous leverage, and, some critics claim, the opportunity to wield it selectively, relentlessly, and excessively. The results, they charge, are the violation of each citizen's right to a trial by jury, mass incarceration, and public skepticism regarding equal justice. Yet defenders argue that such power is essential to the proper functioning of the criminal justice system and that prosecutorial abuse is rare and exaggerated. As evidence, they point to the declining national crime rate, which has generally been dropping for the past 20 years. Reducing the leverage of prosecutors, they assert, would weaken law and order, make communities less safe, and undermine justice. Do prosecutors have too much power?
Cataloging source
AzPhAEM
Characteristic
videorecording
Intended audience
9 & up
Language note
Closed-captioned
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Films Media Group
  • Intelligence2
Runtime
88
Technique
live action
Label
U.S. Prosecutors Have Too Much Power : A Debate, Intelligence2., (electronic resource)
Link
https://mcpl.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://avod.infobase.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?wID=10843&xtid=116091
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Originally released by Intelligence2, 2015
  • Streaming video file encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on June 09, 2016
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • For the Motion: Paul Butler
  • (6:41)
  • Against the Motion: Reid Schar
  • (6:25)
  • Prosecutorial Leverage and Coercion
  • (6:48)
  • Two Sets of Defendants?
  • (3:33)
  • Information Deficit
  • (2:32)
  • Introduction: Intelligence Squared U.S.
  • Multiple Legal Systems?
  • (1:56)
  • Grand Jury Confidentiality
  • (2:20)
  • How do Grand Juries Work?
  • (3:57)
  • QA: Is Absolute Immunity Necessary for Prosecutors?
  • (2:34)
  • QA: Does the Checks and Balance System Need an Overhaul?
  • (4:33)
  • (1:26)
  • QA: Can You Selectively Limit Prosecutorial Power?
  • (8:23)
  • Concluding Statement For: Gertner
  • (2:41)
  • Concluding Statement Against: Hoffman
  • (2:17)
  • Concluding Statement For: Butler
  • (2:09)
  • Concluding Statement Against: Schar
  • (2:23)
  • Debate "Housekeeping"
  • Time to Vote
  • (5:08)
  • Audience Vote Results
  • (1:01)
  • Credits: U.S. Prosecutors Have Too Much Power: A Debate
  • (0:51)
  • (6:36)
  • For the Motion: Nancy Gertner
  • (6:07)
  • Against the Motion: David Hoffman
  • (6:29)
Control code
100116091
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 video file (1 hr., 27 min., 4 sec.))
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
color and sound.
Publisher number
116091
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
  • 100116091
  • (OCoLC)956352078
System details
  • Streaming video file
  • System requirements: FOD playback platform
Video recording format
other
Label
U.S. Prosecutors Have Too Much Power : A Debate, Intelligence2., (electronic resource)
Link
https://mcpl.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://avod.infobase.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?wID=10843&xtid=116091
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Originally released by Intelligence2, 2015
  • Streaming video file encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on June 09, 2016
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
  • tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • For the Motion: Paul Butler
  • (6:41)
  • Against the Motion: Reid Schar
  • (6:25)
  • Prosecutorial Leverage and Coercion
  • (6:48)
  • Two Sets of Defendants?
  • (3:33)
  • Information Deficit
  • (2:32)
  • Introduction: Intelligence Squared U.S.
  • Multiple Legal Systems?
  • (1:56)
  • Grand Jury Confidentiality
  • (2:20)
  • How do Grand Juries Work?
  • (3:57)
  • QA: Is Absolute Immunity Necessary for Prosecutors?
  • (2:34)
  • QA: Does the Checks and Balance System Need an Overhaul?
  • (4:33)
  • (1:26)
  • QA: Can You Selectively Limit Prosecutorial Power?
  • (8:23)
  • Concluding Statement For: Gertner
  • (2:41)
  • Concluding Statement Against: Hoffman
  • (2:17)
  • Concluding Statement For: Butler
  • (2:09)
  • Concluding Statement Against: Schar
  • (2:23)
  • Debate "Housekeeping"
  • Time to Vote
  • (5:08)
  • Audience Vote Results
  • (1:01)
  • Credits: U.S. Prosecutors Have Too Much Power: A Debate
  • (0:51)
  • (6:36)
  • For the Motion: Nancy Gertner
  • (6:07)
  • Against the Motion: David Hoffman
  • (6:29)
Control code
100116091
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 video file (1 hr., 27 min., 4 sec.))
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access requires authentication through Films on Demand
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
color and sound.
Publisher number
116091
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
  • 100116091
  • (OCoLC)956352078
System details
  • Streaming video file
  • System requirements: FOD playback platform
Video recording format
other

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